The manner you keep your Riesling is critical, and improper storage can result in an unpleasant harsh, or acidic flavor. The scent complexity, acidity levels, and residual sugar can all influence how it matures.
It is a versatile wine that comes in both sweet and dry varieties, and you should keep this in mind while storing Riesling for aging. White wine created from Riesling grapes can have a wide range of flavors. Riesling wines range in sweetness from dry to sweet. Traditionally, Riesling wine is sweet because the additional sweetness is required to neutralize the grapes’ naturally strong acidity. This combination produces a lovely taste balance.
The following are ways in which you can store your Riesling Wine At Home:
- Rieslings with greater residual sugar levels generally age better than dry Rieslings because sugar helps to preserve the wine. If the wine is sweeter, let it be in a stable setting in the wine cooler with no temperature or humidity variations.
- When keeping your favorite Riesling, keep humidity and temperature in mind. Wine is best kept between 11°C and 15°C, so aim to keep the temperature of your wine within that range.
- Riesling is also best kept at humidity levels between 50% and 70%, which keeps the cork moist but not so wet that it slides out or the labels are ruined.
- Riesling should be stored in a wine cellar, wine fridge, or wine cabinet. Most wine coolers and wine cabinets will take into account these elements while storing your wine, ensuring that it is preserved in the best possible condition.
- Wine storage options can provide the ideal conditions for aging your wine or can prepare your wine for serving – and wine coolers can supply both.
- Because not everyone has a wine fridge, cabinet, or cellar, another good location might be a dark, cool, and dry spot such as the back of a closet or cabinet.
Keeping Everything in One Place
The ability of any Riesling to age is dependent on acidity levels in addition to residual sugar. This lip-puckering acidity may be more noticeable in a dry wine, but even the sweetest kinds of high-quality Riesling will have notable acidity levels. This implies that Riesling is one of the most adaptable wine varieties, with enough acidity to endure for decades in both dry and sweet wines. With this in mind, you’ll need a storage strategy that’s as diverse as the wines themselves.
You might keep some of your young, dry wines in your home wine fridge while keeping your rich, sweet Riesling in a wine locker.
Professional storage facilities will register your bottles into online storage programs so you can easily view which vintages you have in storage. You won’t be tempted to open your bottles before they’re ready, but you’ll still be able to pull them anytime you want.
Lastly, It Must Be Served at the Correct Temperature.
Riesling wine should be served slightly chilled, between 58- and 65-degrees Fahrenheit (12 and 19 degrees Celsius). Younger wines are held at the warmer end of the temperature spectrum, while older wines are stored at the cooler end.
Riesling wines must be kept at the proper temperature to retain their flavor and balance over time. Please do not let the conditions in which your wine is stored affect it.